Side event – 15th Meeting of the Conference to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Venue: Fuxian room (513D)

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This side event provides an overview of pollinator-related projects and initiatives that support the implementation of the International Pollinator Initiative.

The International Pollinator Initiative (IPI) was established at the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002 (COP decision V/5, section II) as a cross-cutting initiative to promote the sustainable use of pollinators in agriculture and related ecosystems. The IPI encourages countries to develop and implement policies to safeguard wild and managed pollinators, as well as their functions and services.

In 2016, following the publication of the IPBES assessment report on pollinators, pollination and food production, Parties endorsed the key messages from the IPBES summary for policymakers at CBD COP 13. At CBD COP 14 a second Plan of Action 2018 – 2030 for the International Pollinator Initiative was adopted.

This side event will foster policy dialogue and exchange of knowledge of the protection of pollinators and pollination services. It will also give insights on how Parties can develop pollinator strategies and action plans and further engage in the implementation of the IPI.


Opening remarks

Thierry Dudermel, Head of Sector Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, DG-INTPA, European Commission

BMUV N I 5, International Cooperation on Biodiversity, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany*

National Pollinator Strategies and Theory of Change

Koos Biesmeijer (Naturalis) and Silvia Castro (University of Coimbra)

Enhancing Pollinator Conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Kirsten Probst (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale - GIZ)

Protecting pollinators from pesticides

Kim-Anh Tempelman (FAO), Miriam O-Surret (Pesticides Control Board Belize) and Karim Solyambingu (Tanzania Forest Services)

Moderator: Hien Ngo (FAO)

* to be confirmed